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Reading LifeHacker these days, it’s easy to appreciate how little privacy we have when we go out on the web. Some of the key points:
- Writing at AppSpot, Dave Winer discovered that Facebook’s tracking cookies-which never expire, are only altered instead of deleted when a user logs out. This means that the tracking cookies still have your account number embedded in them and still know which user you are after you’ve logged out. Read More
- In a blog post today, Twitter announced that they’re “experimenting with new ways of targeting ads,” which is their way of saying they’re planning to track you around the web—even when you leave Twitter—and relay that information to advertisers to craft better ads. Read More
Browser add-ons to install to “protect” what shreds of privacy remain:
- AdBlock for Firefox/Chrome – Blocks banners, pop-ups and video ads – even on Facebook and YouTube and Protects your online privacy
- Facebook is notified whenever you visit one of the more than one million sites on the web that use Facebook Connect and has a history of leaking personally-identifiable information to third parties. This turns off data flow.
- Disconnect.Me – Blocks ad-trackers, social widgets, etc. Although free, you will be asked to donate. Your choice.
- Priv3 for Firefox – The Priv3 Firefox extension lets you remain logged in to the social networking sites you use and still browse the web, knowing that those third-party sites only learn where you go on the web when you want them to. All this happens transparently, without the need to maintain any filters. Priv3 is free to use for anyone.
- Ghostery – Ghostery looks for third-party page elements (or “trackers”) on the web pages you visit and notifies you that these things are present, and which companies operate them. If you wish, choose to block the trackers they operate.
- Do Not Track Plus, and for fun,
- HTTPS Everywhere
If you really want to protect yourself, use The TOR Browser Bundle.
In truth, how many end users will actually take advantage of all these add-ons?
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